The Pensions Regulator

What happens if I don't employ any staff?

Automatic enrolment duties only apply to an employer. You won’t have any duties if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you’re a sole director of an organisation or business with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has gone into liquidation. This option is for companies registered on Companies House
  • your organisation or business has been dissolved. This option is for companies registered on Companies House
  • you’re a partnership or limited liability partnership and you have permanently ceased trading
  • you’re a sole trader and you have permanently ceased trading
  • you’re an individual and you no longer employ someone in your home (a cleaner, nanny, personal care assistant etc)

If you believe you don’t have any automatic enrolment duties because you have no staff and you have received a letter from us, you will need to tell us that you’re not an employer. Find out more in what if I don’t employ any staff.

Use our online tool to understand the specific steps you need to take.

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